What a difference a year makes….

Yesterday was a bit of a landmark run really.

I took part in the 5k Race for Life in Worthing. This is almost exactly a year since my first ever race, also a 5K Race for Life. It made me think how much has changed in a year.

A year ago I really wasn’t sure that I would be able to complete a 5k race, now I have run a half marathon and I’m working towards running the Brighton Marathon last year.

After completing the 5k I then entered a 10k race, again with no idea if I would be able to finish it, I put my estimated time down as 1hr 30mins…

I have gone from my size 14 clothes being quite tight but really not wanting to buy size 16 to wearing size 10 with plenty of breathing space ! For me this has been one of the biggest changes. I am 43. Last time I wore anything size 10 I was 14 or 15…… It has also meant that I have had to go out and buy new clothes. It started with a single pair of jeans…. then I needed to buy some clothes for work that fitted properly… and I have just had to buy shorts and swimmers in a size 10 so I’m not imagining it, it wasn’t just a freak pair of jeans that were mislabelled and happened to fit me, I really am now a size 10.

Over the years I have tried just about every fad diet going. I always lost the weight but over the following months put it back on, and some extra…

Sometimes several things just come together at a point in your life and this provides the motivation that you need to make the change. I now can’t imagine not running, so I guess I am well and truly hooked 🙂

I won’t ever be fast. I won’t ever win races. But for me it is so much more. Each time I complete a run I feel a sense of achievement.

I have my own personal goals that I want to achieve, sometimes we can be so busy looking forwards to the next challenge or target that we forget to take a moment or two to look back at where we have come from and the journey so far…

For me, yesterday was that “looking back” moment.

Oh, and I finished the 5k in 25:40….

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